NRL Rd 5 - Warriors v Cowboys
GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 12: Esan Marsters of the Cowboys is tackled during the round five NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the North Queensland Cowboys at Central Coast Stadium on June 12, 2020 in Gosford, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The North Queensland Cowboys have released Esan Marsters to join the Gold Coast Titans.

The 24-year old has signed with the Titans until the end the 2022 season, taking the final spot on the club’s top 30 roster.

Having struggled for opportunities at the Cowboys under new coach Todd Payten, managing just three games in 2021, Marsters now gets a a fresh start at a new club.

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Titans coach Justin Holbrook was excited to bring Marsters on board.

“Esan is a quality player and will fit in really well with what we’re building at the Titans,” Holbrook told

“He’ll bring energy and effort and he also brings experience having played test football six times for New Zealand and once for the Cook Islands.

“With Corey Thompson and Patrick Herbert on the sidelines, there’s no doubt he will be an important player in the short term for our side but he also adds plenty as we build our roster for finals football for this year and beyond.

“We look forward to welcoming him to the Gold Coast and we’re excited about him becoming a Titan.”

The Kiwi international has played 76 NRL games since making his first-grade debut for the Wests Tigers in 2017, scoring 19 tries.